SharePoint 2007 is still in use in by many companies – and SharePoint 2010 is ‘everywhere’ else.   AND – with a huge swag of new features/functions with SharePoint 2013 – there is a lot of information being put forward, by Microsoft, independent bloggers, developers and so forth.

This blog will attempt to ignore most of the hype, and focus on the under-lying core of SharePoint.

** This is an independant blog by CHRIS O’CONNOR – and does not reflect opinions or views of my employer or Microsoft.

What is SharePointRoot ?

From a developer and IT Pro perspective, the term “12 Hive” and “14 Hive” has become familiar to most. 

This is a ‘nickname’ for the installation files that SharePoint comprises of  – or to be specific :

C:Program FilesCommon FilesMicrosoft SharedWeb Server Extensions14

This is now being referred to as “{SharePointRoot}“.   You see references to this within Visual Studio also – it seemed like a good name for a blog !

Goals & Plans

This blog/site is a place for me to post samples of code, snippets of knowledge, and a whole bunch of other knowledge-sharing – based on many years of work with SharePoint – from as far aback as SharePoint 2003.

As I learn/discover new tricks or info – and solve problems that I’m facing during my consulting work – I’ll try to blog about it here – as a reference for myself, and to assist people via Google+Bing.

Welcome    …. and good luck with YOUR SharePoint journey.

If I’ve been able to help, and you like what you see, or have comments, questions or ideas to discuss, please leave a comment below – or you can contact me via Twitter as well – @grumpywookie.

Who am I ?

My name is Chris O’Connor – I’m employed as a “senior consultant”, working for a Microsoft Gold Partner (OBS) located in Melbourne, Australia.

My current work includes a number of SharePoint related projects, and associated developer tasks – with a strong focus on InfoPath and Nintex Workflow – and my passion for jQuery…! 

I began working with SharePoint 2003, and the first BETA of SharePoint 2007 – before many (MANY) implementations of MOSS & WSS – and customisations and configurations of SharePoint 2010.  Recently, I have begun working with SharePoint 2013 and Office 365.

Recent projects have included an intranet for an electricity provider, and a number of ‘publishing’ site for local government :  www.melbourne.vic.gov.au and www.thatsmelbourne.com.au.

Being a developer, I’ve had a lot of experience with C#, HTML, JavaScript, CSS – and jQuery !   And other ASP.NET “stuff”.  As well as 3rd-party tools such as Nintex Workflow, and InfoPath.

The SharePoint community is a great bunch of people – you can usually catch me at the local Melbourne SharePoint User Group (MSPUG) – and I’m a regular presenter at conferences such as SharePoint Saturday, Tech.Ed and the Australian SharePoint Conference. 

I was awarded as SharePoint MVP in 2010, but have since lost that award – I guess I spent too much time Mountain Biking – when I should have been SharePoint’ing – LOL !   



  • MCP – Microsoft Certified Professional
  • MCAD – Microsoft Certified Application Developer (VB-6 !)
  • MCTS – Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist
  • MVP – Microsoft Valued Professional


  • Microsoft Project Server (Enterprise Project Management) : EPM Source
  • Melbourne SharePoint User Group  : MSPUG
  • Personal blog (family, mountain biking, music, tech+nerd) : Grumpy Wookie





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